Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua),4 and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word”.
Baptism is God’s most beautiful and magnificent gift… We call it gift, grace, anointing, enlightenment, garment of immortality, bath of rebirth, seal, and most precious gift. It is called gift because it is conferred on those who bring nothing of their own; grace since it is given even to the guilty; Baptism because sin is buried in the water; anointing for it is priestly and royal as are those who are anointed; enlightenment because it radiates light; clothing since it veils our shame; bath because it washes; and seal as it is our guard and the sign of God’s Lordship. – CCC, nos. 1213 and 1216.
The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation. “No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit” (Jn 3:5). Christ commanded his disciples to preach the Gospel, draw people to faith in him, and baptize those who come to conversion. Baptism welcomes us into the Church and immerses us into the Christian life. It marks out spiritual rebirth as daughters and sons of God.
Who can receive Baptism?
The Baptism of Adults
For adults today, the Church, after the Second Vatican Council, has restored the order of the Catechumenate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA see more here). It outlines the steps for the formation of catechumens, bringing their conversion to the faith to greater maturity.
Persons baptized into another Christian church and now seeking full communion with the Catholic Church are also welcomed to participate along with catechumens in the RCIA in the process of learning about the Catholic faith and being formed in that faith. They bring to the process of
Catechumens are received into the Church during the Easter Vigil.
The Baptism of Infants
Infant Baptism has been practiced since apostolic times. Infants need to be baptized because through this sacrament, they are freed from Original Sin and are welcomed into the community of the Church, where they have access to the fullness of the means salvation.
Information for Baptism Preparation
The procedure for Baptism preparation at Resurrection Church includes an interview and a class. This preparation must be completed by the parents of an infant child before the Sacrament may be administered.
Requirements (60 days prior Baptism Sacrament)
- Schedule Baptismal Prep Session with our Faith Formation Director (call Parish Office to schedule). Be and maintain good standing with the Church.
- Current letters from godparents of “good standing” with their home parish.
- Copy of Birth Certificate.
The Lord Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and our bodies… has willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his work of healing and salvation. – CCC, no. 1421
The Sacrament of Reconciliation sometimes referred to as “confession” celebrates God’s mercy and helps us to experience divine forgiveness. It enables us to return to spiritual health in the family of God, to forgive ourselves, and to become reconciled with others.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on most Saturdays at 4:00 pm in the Church. Other occasions can be arranged by contacting a priest. Communal Penance Services are scheduled at various times throughout the year.
Children are prepared to celebrate this Sacrament around second grade, before their First Communion, through the Religious Education sessions and one family prep session.
What is the seal of Confession?
The Church declares that every priest who hears confessions is bound under very severe penalties to keep absolute secrecy regarding the sins that his penitents have confessed to him. He can make no use of knowledge that confession gives him about penitents’ lives. This secret, which admits of no exceptions, is called the “sacramental seal,” because what the penitent has made known to the priest remains “sealed” by the sacrament. (CCC, no. 1467)
How does the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation anticipate a person’s judgment before God?
In this sacrament, the sinner, placing himself before the merciful judgment of God, anticipates in a certain way the judgment to which he will be subjected at the end of his early life. For it is now, in this life, that we are offered the choice between life and death, and it is only by the road of conversion that we can enter the kingdom, from which one is excluded by grave sin. In converting to Christ through penance and faith, the sinner passes from death to life and “does not come in judgment.” (CCC, no. 1470)
The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation… The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. – CCC, nos. 1316, 1322 and 1325.
Eucharist, also known as Communion, celebrates our life together as a community. It is the central act of worship for Catholics. In the Eucharist, Christ is most profoundly present in the Church, which gathers to hear the Word of God and to share the nourishment of Christ’s Body with one another. Eucharist is celebrated at all mass times. Eucharist is also celebrated at daily mass.
The celebration of First Communion is traditionally celebrated in the Spring of second grade. Formal instruction in the faith is recommended for both children and parents.
Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed. – CCC, no. 1285
Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are all intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ. (USCCA 2006: 203)
Who may receive Confirmation?
Every baptized person not yet confirmed can and should receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Since Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist form a unity, it follows that “the faithful are obliged to receive this sacrament at the appropriate time.” – (CCC, no. 1306)
How should candidates for Confirmation be prepared?
Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit – his actions, his gifts, and his biddings – in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of the Christian life. To this end, catechesis for Confirmation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community. The latter bears special responsibility for the preparation of Confirmands. – (CCC, no. 1309)
Faith formation classes are required to receive Confirmation. The purpose of these classes is to enrich the person to be confirmed in order that he or she may have a good grasp of the Catholic faith and grow in a personal relationship with Jesus.
Confirmation Classes begin in middle school and are completed in high school.
Adults age 18 years & older who have not received sacraments are invited to inquire about sacramental preparation for Adults (RCIA).
Who can be a Sponsor?
One sponsor is required for Confirmation. A sponsor helps guide the person preparing for confirmation through their classes to become prepared for their Confirmation. The requirements of the sponsor are as follows:
- The person must be baptized, received first Holy Communion, and has been confirmed.
- Currently living a sacramental life (e.g. attending weekend Mass and Holy Days of Obligation, and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation).
- A Catholic in good standing in their parish.
- Is not in an irregular marriage according to Church teaching.
- Be at least sixteen (16) years of age.
- Not be a parent of the person to be confirmed.
A couple gives and receives from one another their consent, and enters into a covenant relationship sealed by God. “And no one should separate a couple that God has joined together.” (Mark 10:9) A married couple’s love is part of God’s divine love and faithfulness.
Matrimony joins two people in marriage for a lifetime of dedication to each other’s well-being and the well-being of their children and the community.
Couples contemplating marriage should begin their preparation at least 9 months prior to their wedding date.
Our staff will guide you through the timeline, documents, and marriage liturgy.
For appointments or more information, please contact our office:
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate. – CCC, no. 1536
The entire community is encouraged to pray for vocations, that people of all ages be open to God’s call to service. Anyone interested in information about a life of ministry is encouraged to speak with Father Tom, our Pastor.
Who Can Confer This Sacrament?
Christ himself chose the apostles and gave them a share in his mission and authority. Raised to the Father’s right hand, he has not forsaken his flock but he keeps it under his constant protection through the apostles and guides it still through these same pastors who continue his work today. Thus, it is Christ whose gift it is that some be apostles, others pastors. He continues to act through the bishops. CCC, no. 1575.
Who Can Receive This Sacrament?
“Only a baptized man (
Anointing of The Sick
Like all the sacraments the Anointing of the Sick is a liturgical and communal celebration, whether it takes place in the family home, a hospital or church, for a single sick person or a whole group of sick persons. It is very fitting to celebrate it within the Eucharist, the memorial of the Lord’s Passover. If circumstances suggest it, the celebration of the sacrament can be preceded by the sacrament of Penance and followed by the sacrament of the Eucharist. As the sacrament of Christ’s Passover the Eucharist should always be the last sacrament of the earthly journey, the “viaticum” for “passing over” to eternal life. – CCC, no. 1517.
Anointing of the sick celebrates and reminds us of God’s compassion and helps us to experience spiritual — and sometimes physical — strengthening when we are ill. As a parish, we celebrate this Sacrament communally twice a year. Regular visits are made to area hospitals.
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